XFL Star: P.J. Walker

Phillip Walker nicknamed “PJ”,is an American football quarterback for the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL.

Walker was born in 1995 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended Elizabeth High School. During his Junior Year, Walker threw for 2,168 yards and 18 touchdowns, while going 120-of-189(63.5) in passing percentage. Following the completion of his high school career, Walker chose to attend Temple University, under head coach Matt Rhule.

Indianapolis Colts

On May 3, 2017, Walker was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Colts’ practice squad the next day. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 1, 2018.

On September 1, 2018, Walker was waived by the Colts and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He spent time on and off the Colts practice squad before being released on December 26, 2018, but was re-signed three days later. He signed a reserve/future contract on January 13, 2019.

On August 31, 2019, Walker was waived by the Colts and signed to the practice squad the next day, only to be released two days later.

Houston Roughnecks

Walker joined the newly-formed XFL for the 2020 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers called the XFL office to ask if they could sign Walker for one week ahead of their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in October 2019, as Walker was a similar player to Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson. The XFL blocked the signing, as Walker was already under contract with the league. Before the 2020 XFL Draft on October 15, 2019, he was allocated to the Houston Roughnecks.

In the Roughnecks first game against the Los Angeles Wildcats, Walker tossed four touchdowns, helping the team win a 37–17 victory against the Wildcats. He was named the league’s first ever Star of the Week for his performance.